If we can redirect healthcare resources into developing better ways to predict, diagnose, treat and monitor disease while leveraging information throughout this continuum, we could have a much healthier population. Do we need to prove that more can be done to help more people live cancer-free life? Or should we act now?
To raise awareness, every year on Feb 4th is World Cancer Day, focused on addressing the many challenges of cancer and cancer care. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 84 million people worldwide will die from cancer between 2005 and 2015 without intervention. Actually, about one-third of the cancer burden could potentially be decreased if cases were detected and treated early.
The emphasis on cancer diagnostic and care products follows reports on the increasing incidence of cancer and other lifestyle diseases around the world. “This growth in disease puts tremendous pressure on governments and leads to mounting healthcare bills, expected to grow fivefold by 2025,” said Robert Dann, Global Oncology Marketing Executive at GE Healthcare. “GE’s products and solutions facilitate early diagnosis, and can aid improving the quality of treatment decisions. This approach builds on our healthymagination initiative to reduce cost of healthcare delivery and improve quality of care throughout the world.”
GE Healthcare works with physicians around the world to help clinicians realize the possibilities of connected oncology care towards early detection and treatment. Enabling cutting-edge research, strengthening cancer diagnosis, facilitating cancer treatment, and simplifying information sharing among the members of cancer care teams is at the core of GE Healthcare’s approach to oncology.
“Cancer represents a tremendous burden on patients, families and societies. Moreover, cancer is a complex disease where so much information needs to be brought together to fit the care to the patient,” added Dann. “Every day dedicated oncology teams around the world are searching for solutions that will help them manage the many variables and provide quality care for their patients.”
Despite being a leading cause of death around the world, 30% of cancers can potentially be prevented by avoiding risk factors, such as tobacco use and obesity, and others can be successfully treated and possibly cured by earlier detection and improvement of disease management.